puzzle pieces

Monday, April 30, 2012


                    "You can never cross the ocean 
unless you have the courage to lose sight of the shore."
                                                 ~Christopher Columbus

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Flowers for Leontien

Flowers for you,  Leontien....
one of the strongest women I have ever been blessed to know.

Know that your friends here, surround you with our 
love and
                         prayers and


Tuesday, April 17, 2012

lessons learned from the life around us~

One can make good progress
 if only you stick your neck out.
{and it looks as though yoga isn't for the faint of heart.}

Having to face my fear of flying last week...I was reminded by this guy that:
Any landing you can walk away from...is a good one.

{It's always a good thing to face things head on and let the issues just roll off our backs.}
But sometimes it is alright to want to close our eyes and hide while it passes too.

When you're having a bad hair day...food can comfort. 
(although my choice would be chocolate.)

Don't ever let anyone tell you that you're not big enough to do something great...

....and sometimes when we stand alone is when we feel the bravest.

I'm glad to see that there are others who have days when they wish everyone would just leave them alone....

...as long as there are also days when we can bravely stand out and show the beauty of who we really are.

And never forget that:
Life would be a mundane affair if one didn't come out of  their shell every so often.

Curiosity is a perfectly normal way to learn.

Have a wonderful day...and choose to make it great.

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Inevitable Change

It's inevitable.

Sometimes it's good and leaves us with positive emotions...
other times we wish things wouldn't have had to change just yet...
{all the while knowing deep down it needs to occur}
And usually does sooner than later.

Yesterday I held a Graduation for my oldest...who begins his first term of Millwright in 2 weeks.

Mixed emotions...and with the way my mind works...{in overdrive for the most part}....I can't help but replay every single moment- good and bad- throughout the years of his life.

Homeschooling hasn't been an easy route.
Truth is...it's difficult being mom and teacher to your kiddos....and neither one of us has much freedom of escape from the other in the tricky times.
It was a lot of work, a lot of tears on both sides...and yet- I wouldn't trade a minute of the time I got to learn with him.
Not one.

I guess that's why I find this so hard.
He's my firstborn. My guinea pig.
He and I have had to carve our way through all this stuff before the others...and we didn't always do it gracefully.
But we did it the best we knew how...and now on the other side of it all...I can truly say the years I've had getting to be his teacher and his learning buddy....has been an incredible blessing.

Tricky letting go of it all.
Especially as I feel I've lost part of my job as a teacher;)

Now I get to figure out what to spend extra time on....
and watch while he continues on with his own story.

A inevitable change.

The following is a short video that I played at his Graduation last night.
(Many thanks to my nephew for putting it together for me!)

Now.... go take on the world!

Sunday, April 8, 2012